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Alarak Build Guide “The hour of my vengeance has come.”

Last updated on Aug 26, 2017 at 10:00 by Straften 28 comments

Table of Contents

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General Information

Welcome to our Alarak guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Alarak in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Quick Reference

Chaos Reigns Build (talent calculator link)

The Chaos Reigns Build is made up of Talents that focus on increasing the reliability and damage of Discord Strike as much as possible. Use Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike to follow-up Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis whenever you can do so safely. Try to finish all quests on Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning in the opening team fight. This will refund the 10 Sadism that the Talent costs, and the completed quests are a huge power spike to have in the early game. Applied Force Icon Applied Force allows you to pull enemy Heroes into Discord Strike from a safer distance, but can be exchanged situationally. Hindered Motion Icon Hindered Motion will help to proc Mocking Strikes later, and can also help you land Discord Strike while you are still practicing Alarak's combo. Use Lightning Surge as often as you can to poke enemies. Once they are low on Health you can secure kills with Telekinesis and Discord Strike. Keep in mind that Mocking Strikes can proc on Heroes slowed by Extended Lightning. At Level 20 you can take Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain if you have a lot of Sadism, or take Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge if you do not.

Lightning Surge Build (talent calculator link)

The Lightning Surge Build is exceptionally good at long range poke, especially against melee heavy team compositions. It is very easy to play, as you simply use Lightning Surge every time it is available. Target enemy Heroes behind the enemy frontline whenever possible, to damage as many Heroes with each cast as possible. When you finish stacking Extended Lightning Icon Extended Lightning, you will be able to slow enemies who are hit by the center of the beam. Negatively Charged Icon Negatively Charged can be stacked without limit, and is not lost on death. Lightning Barrage Icon Lightning Barrage gives Lightning Surge a free second cast if an enemy Hero is hit by the center of the beam. With Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain and clever positioning, you can cast Lightning Surge up to 4 times in quick succession. It is very important to focus on hitting enemy Heroes with the center of Lightning Surge's beam, as many of your Talent investments involve this mechanic.

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Synergies and Counters

Alarak synergizes with

Alarak does well with allies who can secure takedowns on enemy Heroes who have been silenced and damaged by Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike. He also does well with split push Specialists, as he has a strong presence during team fights.

Alarak is countered by

Alarak is countered by Heroes who can close in on him quickly and stun him. This is especially the case when a single Hero is capable of chaining crowd control.

Maps

Alarak's stronger maps Braxis Holdout Towers of Doom
Alarak's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction
Alarak's weaker maps Haunted Mines Infernal Shrines

Alarak is not able to deal large amounts of damage to non-Heroic entities during PvE encounters with his Abilities; however, he can be effective during team fights that occur during map objectives. He is better on maps that are oriented around team fighting, rather than those that require strong Minion or Mercenary clearing. Narrow choke points can help him land his Abilities on multiple enemy Heroes at the same time.

TL;DR Tips

  • Use Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike to Silence and damage your enemies, leaving them vulnerable.
  • Use Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis to propel yourself into range of a kill, or push yourself to safety. You can also push enemies into danger!
  • Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge is a great way to recover small amounts of Health as needed. Always try to hit enemies with the center of its beam for extra damage.
  • Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge can be channeled from the fog of war due to its huge range, allowing you to enter fights by surprise. Make sure your team is ready as you have no escape.
  • Make whatever choices will help you establish dominance; even if that means sacrificing some of Sadism Icon Sadism's bonus damage for utility options.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Alarak is a melee Assassin who controls the battlefield by manipulating the positioning of his enemies. He can sacrifice raw damage for increased utility through Sadism Icon Sadism, allowing him to deal with each challenge differently. Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis allows him to push himself and enemies in any direction, while Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike can render them completely helpless afterward. He is better at damaging Heroes than he is at clearing Minions and Mercenaries, but can solo lane very effectively due to his high self-sustain. Alarak works best in direct cooperation with his teammates, as he can setup or secure takedowns extremly well. Reliably landing Discord Strike and Telekinesis can be difficult, and requires practice. Putting in the time to get comfortable with these Abilities is essential in leveraging his great potential.

3. Strengths

  • Can Silence enemies often by using Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike
  • Can reposition enemies or himself with Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis
  • Great potential to setup takedowns
  • Strong solo laner
  • Very high skill ceiling

4. Weaknesses

  • Poor siege potential
  • Cannot solo Mercenary Camps effectively
  • Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike's delay and shape can make it a relatively difficult skillshot
  • Difficult to master

5. Role in the Current Meta

Alarak is great for team compositions that need a strong solo lane Hero. He works best on a team that can reliably follow up when he forces an enemy out of position or silences them. Alarak forces enemies to respect his area of influence, as getting too close can quickly result in death. His kit is composed of powerful skillshots, which can be extremely rewarding when combinations are executed flawlessly.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

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  • 26 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Blade of the Highlord text updated to reflect balance patch, earlier this week.
  • 20 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Extended Lightning text updated.
  • 01 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Text updated for Show of Force's discussion.
  • 31 May 2017 (talents page): Talents page updated following balance patch.
  • 16 May 2017 (talents page): Talents page updated following Alarak's rework in D.Va's release patch.
  • 16 May 2017 (this page): Guide updated following Alarak rework in D.Va's release patch.
  • 16 May 2017 (abilities page): Abilities page updated following Alarak's rework in D.va's release patch.
  • 25 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added new Double Cross build.
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